St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — With the number of measles cases reported in Minnesota jumping to 41 Thursday, May 4, health officials are cautioning that the outbreak will likely get worse. The state expanded its vaccination recommendations Thursday. More than 2,500 people may have been exposed to the disease, officials said, though they noted most Minnesotans are already immune. Those most at risk are the unvaccinated.
MINNEAPOLIS -- A judge has dismissed a lawsuit alleging the University of Minnesota’s policy on human fetal tissue research conflicts with state law. Pro-Life Action Ministries executive director Brian Gibson and U graduate student Bridget Busacker filed the complaint in October in Hennepin County District Court.
APPLE VALLEY, Minn. -- For the first time in about five years, a tiger cub has been born at the Minnesota Zoo. The female Amur cub was born at the Apple Valley zoo at 7:58 p.m. April 26, weighing in at 1.7 pounds. The cub is the first offspring for mother Sundari, who was born at the zoo in June 2012. The cub’s father, Putin, sired two other litters in Denmark, where he lived before coming to the zoo in 2015.
HERMAN, Minn. -- The Minnesota couple who helped a Lakeville woman hide her two children from their father were sentenced Tuesday in Dakota County District Court to two years of probation. Gina Schmit Dahlen, 49, and Douglas Craig Dahlen, 54, hid the teenage daughters of Sandra Grazzini-Rucki at their ranch near Herman in far west-central Minnesota about 30 miles south of Fergus Falls for two and a half years.
ST. PAUL -- St. Paul police are investigating a report that someone passed bad checks to Girl Scouts, getting away with more than 600 boxes of cookies throughout the Twin Cities.
Round 2, No. 41 RB Darvin Cook, Florida State, 5-11, 213 pounds Cook could be the long-term replacement for Adrian Peterson, gone after 10 Vikings seasons. He will battle Latavius Murray to start. Cook is an explosive player who was pegged for the first round but likely fell because of off-the-field issues. Round 3, No. 70 C Pat Elflein, Ohio State, 6-3, 300 pounds
ST. PAUL -- A measles outbreak that began last month in Hennepin County has grown to 29 confirmed cases and has spread to Stearns County, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The outbreak’s victims have all been children age 5 and younger, and only one is known to have been vaccinated against measles, the MDH said. Twenty-five have been unvaccinated Somali-Minnesotan children, while the vaccination status and ethnicity of the others is not yet known.
MAPLEWOOD, Minn. -- A man admitted in court this week to retaliating against a Maplewood Menards by slashing tires in the store’s parking lot after a store clerk wouldn’t let him return an item without a receipt. Shawn Russell Museus, 32, of St. Paul pleaded guilty Monday in Ramsey County District Court to one count of first-degree criminal damage to property stemming from the Feb. 27 outburst, according to court records.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Authorities in Minneapolis are searching for a University of Minnesota student who is believed to have been swept into the Mississippi River on Tuesday night, April 25. Officers responded about 8 p.m. to a report of a water emergency at Xcel Energy Water Power Park, where they met with a 22-year-old man who told them he and a friend had climbed a nearby fence so they could sit along the Mississippi River, according to a statement issued by the Minneapolis Park Police Department.
ST. PAUL — The outgoing chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota is attacking his deputy as irresponsible and lacking the judgment to become the party's new chair. Keith Downey, who is stepping down in April after two terms leading the Minnesota GOP, sent a letter to a party committee urging them to find deputy chair Chris Fields as unqualified to be chair.